Laura Guido

Volunteers needed for annual Thanksgiving dinner in Oak Harbor

Those who are far away from family, down on their luck, don’t like cooking and anyone else are invited to Oak Harbor’s annual community Thanksgiving… Continue reading

Precinct-level election results show disparities

Langley City councilman-elect Craig Cyr’s curiousity about results in an Island County election led to the discovery of widespread errors on the county’s election results… Continue reading

Hospital, Sea Mar partner to provide opioid addiction treatment

There’s been more awareness of the opioid crisis in the last couple of years, but there are still Whidbey residents battling addiction to prescription and… Continue reading

Museum-quality birthday celebration: In honor of Anderson’s 75 years, husband’s donation allows people to visit exhibits for free

Island County Historical Museum visitors this month will be able to tour the Coupeville museum’s exhibits free of charge thanks to Harry Anderson — or,… Continue reading

Town of Coupeville eyes electric vehicle charging stations

Coupeville officials are looking into adding electric vehicle chargers at the community green. The municipal parking lot was updated this summer to include infrastructure for… Continue reading

Island woman competes in Norwegian reality show

When Whidbey resident Jennifer Swenson travelled to Scandinavia to compete in a popular Norwegian reality show, she made one thing clear in the first episode… Continue reading

New system delays online posting of election data

For those on the edges of their seats in tense anticipation of Tuesday’s elections results, it probably felt like a long, agonizing wait. “I was… Continue reading

Resident escapes fire that destroyed house

A resident escaped injury when a fire destroyed a house off West Beach Road on North Whidbey Sunday. Firefighters from North Whidbey Fire and Rescue,… Continue reading

Hospital changes ER management contract

As part of an ongoing effort to change its culture, WhidbeyHealth is choosing a different organization to manage its emergency department. Starting Jan. 21, 2020,… Continue reading

State lawmakers eye island transportation

At approximately 7:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, the sunrise turned the waters at Deception Pass a bright orange behind a seemingly endless stream of cars traveling… Continue reading

Anniversary looms large for weavers guild after 50 years

What started with seven women who weaved together has, 50 years later, grown into a guild that is 150-plus members strong that promotes friendships, lifelong… Continue reading

Crash into sewage station clogs traffic, causes fire

A 19-year old woman drove a pickup into a power pole and sewage lift station Sunday evening and caused a power outage, a small fire… Continue reading

For some, haunted houses are nothing to scream about

For many people, Halloween is all about scary ghosts and other creepy, undead things appearing in dark places to scare the bejesus out of folks,… Continue reading

After facing challenges, CO’s wife committed to helping military spouses

Samar Arny carried her infant son while her older child clung to her leg. Both boys ran a high fever, Arny hadn’t had a chance… Continue reading

A Halloween haunting at historic Haller House

The large, vacant 150-year-old building that was once home to Col. Granville and Henrietta Haller, renters and raccoons already look haunted. “It’s so spooky already,… Continue reading

Park and Rec candidate wants greater transparency

An Oak Harbor man is trying to increase the North Whidbey park district’s transparency and public involvement. Christopher Wiegenstein said he’s running for a North… Continue reading

Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times
                                Gerhardt Hofstetter reads a book and sips black tea at Spin Cafe, which recently re-opened.

Spin Cafe re-opens and re-organizes

Thursday afternoon, about a half dozen people sat in Spin Cafe, most of them sipping coffee or tea. One of those people, Gerhardt Hofstetter, had… Continue reading

Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times
                                Gerhardt Hofstetter reads a book and sips black tea at Spin Cafe, which recently re-opened.

Investor service downgrades school district bond rating

Coupeville School District’s recent budget shortfalls, mostly caused by declining enrollment, have led to a lower credit rating on outstanding bonds. Taxpayers won’t be affected… Continue reading

School board candidates concerned about district budget woes

A man running as an “advocate for the taxpayer” is challenging a longtime educator and incumbent on the Coupeville School District board. At the candidate… Continue reading

Man dies after being injured in Greenbank house fire

A man has died from burn wounds from a residential fire in Greenbank. Shawn M. Cavanah died Sunday from injuries he sustained Friday afternoon at… Continue reading